- (of a name, noun, or adjective) designating a particular person or thing and written in English with an initial capital letter, as Joan, Chicago, Monday, American.
- having the force or function of a proper name: a proper adjective.
- excellent; capital; fine.
- good-looking or handsome.
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Origin of proper
OTHER WORDS FROM properprop·er·ly, adverbprop·er·ness, nounun·prop·er, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for proper
Self-isolation in combination with easily available testing could be an excellent way to tamp down both viruses—according to epidemiologists, proper testing is a big factor in helping us return to relative normality.The COVID-19 pandemic is about to collide with flu season. Here’s what to expect.|Sara Chodosh|August 26, 2020|Popular Science
You know, being able to tell right away if there’s irregular activity and report it to the proper authorities, that’s really an important part of the role that we play.The Economics of Sports Gambling (Ep. 388 Rebroadcast)|Stephen J. Dubner|August 20, 2020|Freakonomics
Other vaccines bring in a unique, representative piece of the virus—a protein or a polysaccharide—that isn’t harmful, but still inspires the proper immune response.
They will also touch on new forecasting abilities with Google Analytics that have just been launched and proper measurement.Google and Ignite Visibility to host advanced paid media event you won’t want to miss|Sponsored Content: Ignite Visibility|August 12, 2020|Search Engine Land
Besides, proper implementation of VSM enables the following benefits.Defining value stream management for SEO business owners|Connie Benton|August 11, 2020|Search Engine Watch
We need to recover and grow the idea that the proper answer to bad speech is more and better speech.
He could deliver a quick, effective speech, or hold a proper press conference.
And so, he says he left prison without proper ID, just his release papers and the “dress-out gear” he was given by the state.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But those incidents are due to mistakes and leaks, not proper fracking procedures.
A portrait of him was done once in which the collar point was made to sit in its proper place.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She herself had worn them in her youth, and they were the proper bonnets for "growing girls."The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
That it is a reasonable and proper thing to ask our statesmen and politicians: what is going to happen to the world?The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
And this summer it seemed to her that she never would be able to take proper care of her nestful of children.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
Seen thus poverty became rather a blessing than a curse, or at least a dispensation prescribing the proper lot of man.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
Not only are they required to do things in a proper orderly manner, but people have to treat them with due deference.Children's Ways|James Sully